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Feds OK 1-year grace period on school grades

Posted 6/6/2014 in State

Mississippi schools will get a one-year grace period in the state's school and district rating system as they move to a new curriculum.



Department of Transportation worker dies in accident

Posted 6/6/2014 in State

The Highway Patrol says a Mississippi Department of Transportation worker has died in a two-vehicle accident near Shaw in Bolivar County.



New K-9 unit targets contraband at 4 Miss. prisons

Posted 6/6/2014 in State

Management & Training Corporation, which operates four prisons in Mississippi, will use dogs to combat contraband entering its facilities.



Officials: Concern for Bergdahl led to secrecy

Posted 6/6/2014 in National

Fears the Taliban might kill Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl if word leaked that he was being exchanged for five Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, detainees drove the Obama administration not to notify Congress in advance about the deal, according to congressional and administration officials.


Veterans Administration head says 18 vets left off waiting list have died

Posted 6/6/2014 in National

In a new revelation in the growing VA scandal, the organization's acting head says that an additional 18 veterans whose names were kept off an official electronic Veterans Affairs appointment list have died.


'Heroes' helped stop gunman at Seattle university

Posted 6/6/2014 in National

When a lone gunman armed with a shotgun at a small Seattle university stopped firing at students to reload, another student pepper-sprayed him and subdued him with the help of others and prevented more deaths, police said.


Man suspected of killing Canadian Mounties caught

Posted 6/6/2014 in National

The man suspected in the shooting deaths of three Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the wounding of two others in a rare case of gun violence in eastern Canada was arrested early today, police said.

The man charged with fixing cruise giant Carnival

Posted 6/6/2014 in Business

Arnold W. Donald strolls across the Carnival Splendor's lido deck, checking in on passengers. He cozies up, places a hand on their shoulder and asks: Are you having a blast? He sure hopes so.

Engineer's 'switch from hell' began GM recall woes

Posted 6/6/2014 in Business

Inside General Motors, they called it "the switch from hell."

CMSD board agrees to meet with city council

Posted 6/5/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

What began as a request from Columbus councilmen for a representative of the city school district to provide a quarterly report during regular meetings will lead to a meeting between the two boards.

National crappie tourney in Columbus this weekend

Posted 6/5/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Bass Pro Shops Crappie Tournament is taking place Friday and Saturday at Columbus Lake on the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway.

Browning on Business: New eye clinic opening in Columbus

Posted 6/5/2014 in Business

Have you noticed a building on Hospital Drive in Columbus undergoing renovations? Here's the low down: An eye doctor is opening shop there.

Area voter turnout less than 20 percent

Posted 6/5/2014 in Area

Mississippi's primary election may have been a hot topic around the country, but that buzz didn't translate into heaving turnout at the polls.

Miss. faces 3-week slog in bitter Senate race

Posted 6/5/2014 in State

Mississippi voters already weary of the ugliest campaign in a generation are bracing for another three weeks of tear-down-your-opponent politicking.


Deputies investigating Blackjack community homicide

Oktibbeha County deputies are investigating the death of a resident after the victim was seriously assaulted Sunday in the Blackjack community.



Blackjack developments could spur new regulation

Oktibbeha County supervisors indicated a willingness to entertain new rules limiting hauling weights as large trucks loaded with materials heading to and from upcoming housing developments continue to damage Blackjack Road.



Millport man dies in car accident

Posted 6/5/2014 in Area

A Millport man died this morning of injuries from a vehicle accident on Highway 50.



Tea party leader, two others, trapped in Hinds courthouse

Posted 6/5/2014 in State

A tea party officer and two others representing the challenger in a Senate primary became trapped in a courthouse in the middle of the night, hours after officials had gone home from counting votes, authorities said.



Some black Miss. Dems supported GOP's Cochran

Posted 6/5/2014 in State

Black Mississippians who may usually vote Democratic are trying to swing a primary victory toward six-term incumbent Republican Sen. Thad Cochran by casting ballots in their state's GOP primary.



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